Triggers of innovation

When countries’ expenditure on R&D is viewed as a percentage of GDP, Finland comes in fourth on the list, and Päijät-Häme is among the most innovative regions in Finland. Lahti’s innovation system is based on market-led thinking, with user-driven challenges acting as triggers of innovation. The characteristics of Lahti’s user-driven, practice-based innovation model include fast application and commercialisation of new ideas.

Companies in the region have successfully applied this model in their business operations. Lahti is also a pioneer in developing modern innovation systems to help identify new and innovative potential business areas and industries requiring cross-discipline expertise. 

Operating as a regional unit of Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti School of Innovation (LUT LSI) is a multi-disciplinary research unit consisting of about 30 researchers and developers focused on practice-based innovation and its different aspects.

More information:

LUT Lahti School of Innovation

and an e-brochure: 
LUT Lahti School of Innovation – Exploring innovation